Golfing and Business Pro

GWU Alumna Named Assistant Golf Professional at Historic Toronto Club

Golfing and Business Pro

Krysta Schaus, Gardner-Webb University alumna and former graduate assistant golf coach, started playing when she was 12 years old. More than a hobby, she’s always wanted to share her passion for the game with others. Before graduating from GWU, Schaus was offered the job of assistant golf professional at The Toronto Golf Club in Ontario, Canada—the third oldest golf club in North America.

Her Master of Business Administration degree with a concentration in marketing helps her assist the head golf professional with various aspects of the job. “My MBA classes prepared me for the financial side of the golf industry and the managerial side,” Schaus observed. “Having knowledge on how to properly manage employees and learning ways to interact with consumers are important skills that are sometimes overlooked.”

Schaus discovered her interest and talent for golf by accident. A hockey player in her hometown of Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada, she wanted something fun to do in the summer. She visited the golf course, liked the sport and started devoting her energy to becoming competitive.

Recruited to play at Erskine College in Due West, S.C., she was the Conference Carolinas Women’s Golfer of the Year as a senior. She also won the New Brunswick Ladies Provincial golf championship. At GWU, she helped head golf coach Tee Burton guide the men’s and women’s teams to a second- and third-place finish in their respective conference championships.

Besides her golfing success, Schaus appreciated how her professors were genuinely interested in her academic achievements. “I was never a number at GWU as all of my professors knew me on a first name basis,” she observed. “Dr. (Don) Caudill was an instrumental part of my success. He sets his students up for success by applying textbook concepts to real-life scenarios. This helps students truly grasp and understand the material.”

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